Qatar's emir urges Syrian opposition to use Saudi meeting unify their positions

December 9, 2015 18:29


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DUBAI - Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Wednesday urged Syrian opposition groups meeting in Saudi Arabia to close ranks and forge a common stand before planned peace talks expected by early next year.

"We urge the sides of the Syrian opposition to rise to the level of responsibility and to use this golden opportunity to unify their ranks and coordinate their steps beyond setting up a negotiating team," Sheikh Tamim said in a speech in Arabic at the start of an annual Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh.

The meeting coincides with a meeting hosted by Saudi Arabia for Syria's fractured rebel and opposition groups to try to forge unify their positions ahead of the talks, called for by world powers at a meeting in Vienna last month.

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